MERGE DAY OF LOVE. Roses enjoyed brisk sales at the flower area at Fr. Ferrero Street in Bacolod City yesterday, on the eve of Valentine’s Day.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

High value drug target
found brutally murdered

A high value target connected to the Odicta Drug Group in Iloilo was found brutally killed in Purok Katipunan, Barangay Cabug in Bacolod City, at about 6:15 a.m. yesterday, the police said.

Nathan Zerrudo, 44, of Tanza in Iloilo City, succumbed to 22 initial gunshot and stab wounds, Police Lt. Jonito Pastrana, Station 9 chief, said.

Zerrudo’s hands were tied with a nylon cord, Pastrana said, adding that his wrists and knees were broken. moremoremore

Kidnap suspect dies in shoot-out

A kidnap suspect, who has a pending arrest warrant for rape, died yesterday in a shootout with policemen in Brgy. Tampalon, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.

The brief gunbattle ensued after the suspect Ricar Loberas, whose arrest warrant was issued by Kabankalan Regional Trial Court Judge Rodney Bolunia, reportedly opened fire at the operatives of the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group, assisted by the local police and troopers of the 2nd Provincial Mobile Group, who were about to serve the arrest warrant to him.

Loberas died on the spot, Lt. Col. Rose Mary Salve Pico, officer-in-charge of the Kabankalan City Police Station, said in her report to the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office. moremoremore


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Farmers’ assistance center put up

Local businessman Ramon Uy put up a farmers’ assistance center at their family-owned property in Barangay Pahanocoy, Bacolod City, to help farmers get access to information and resources.

Uy, president of R.U. Foundry and Machine Shop Corp., said yesterday that he established the Rural and Urban Farmers Assistance Center in December 2019 at May’s Organic Garden, that houses technology for organic farming, because there are still a lot of farmers who need assistance in terms of value-adding to their products, packaging, resources, and equipment.

Through the center, they can facilitate and address the needs and concerns of the farmers, he said.